Dirty dryer vents are the #1 cause of household fires
Having your dryer vent cleaned regularly (once a year is recommended) can help prevent dryer fires while improving your dryer’s efficiency.
Here are a few indications that your dryer vent may be clogged:
Clothes are taking longer than normal to dry
Clothes seem hotter than usual at the end of a drying cycle
The flapper on your exterior dryer vent doesn’t open when the dryer is on
Clogged dryer vents can be costly to a home or business in several ways. Most people clean their lint trap after every load of laundry; however, lint also accumulates in the ductwork between your dryer and where the hose vents to the outside.
When a dryer vent is clogged, it forces the dryer to work harder. This can cause:When a dryer vent is clogged, it forces the dryer to work harder. This can cause:
Increased energy consumption
Accelerated thermostat failure
Reduction of the lifespan of your appliance
Dryer vent cleaning can also reduce the risk of fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. That’s nearly 40 a day!
Standard dryer vent cleaning involves:
Unhooking the dryer
Cleaning the interior of the dryer where lint might be trapped
Cleaning the connection between the dryer and vent system
Cleaning the vent ductChecking connections
The vent, hose and ductwork should be cleaned or at least inspected once a year.
Air Duct Sanitation
Keeping the air ducts in your home or business properly cleaned and maintained is essential to the health of all those living and working there.
Reducing the allergens such as dust, pet dander, dirt, mold and mildew in the air makes it easier and healthier to breathe. Clean Air is one of the most Essential parts of a Healthy Life style and youthful energy.
Over time, buildup in your air duct system can cost you money. Not only will regular maintenance save you peace of mind and help you to breathe easier, it will save you money. If your air ducts are dirty, your furnace and air conditioner must work harder to keep the temperature constant. Harder-working equipment not only costs more to run, but it also can break down more easily and frequently.
Depending upon the size of your home or business, your heating bill can run anywhere from $20.00 more per month to hundreds of dollars more per month with a dirty air duct system than with a clean air duct system. Your electricity bill could dramatically increase with a dirty air duct system as well. In these tough economic times, we all need to save where we can. Keeping your air ducts clean and regularly maintained is one major way your family or business can keep costs down.